MPharm in Pharmacy

One of Europe's leading Pharmacy Schools with over 100 years of history, 
An established route to a career in Pharmacy - 99% of students find graduate level work within six months of graduating.

  • A sector leading programme:
    • 94% overall satisfaction in the 2016 NSS.
    • Ranked 3rd for student satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2017).Ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback and 6th for teaching (Guardian University League Tables 2017). 
    • 2nd for graduate prospects in the Sunday Times University Guide 2015 and Complete University Guide 2017. 
  • Develop the practical, applied skills employers demand:
    Benefit from close links with local hospitals, community pharmacies, GP surgeries and pharmaceutical companies, with integrated work-based placements throughout the programme
  • A modern pharmacy programme that meets the developing role of pharmacists:
    Become equipped to work in all branches of the profession (pharmacy, community, research and industry).

4 years full-time

UCAS Code: B230

We welcome applications from candidates interested in our MPharm programme who have the skills and capability to excel on our course. Applicants are invited to a compulsory interview session where you will meet our staff, experience our facilities and we will explore your attitudes towards a career within healthcare. While we expect applicants to achieve our required entry grades, we will consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below our entry requirements for individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to and aptitude for healthcare practice.

Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB-ABB in three A level subjects, including Chemistry and at least one other science subject (Biology, Maths or Physics). General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as part of the offer. You will also need to successfully pass the practical element of your Chemistry and at least one other science.

IB: 33 points overall, including 6 points in Higher Level Chemistry and Higher Level Biology or Physics, 5 points in Higher Level Maths or 6 points in Standard Level Maths and 5 points in Standard Level English.

We do not accept Access courses for entry to this degree.

BTEC & other: 
D*DD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science) together with grade B in A level Chemistry. AS Chemistry is not sufficient.

DD in BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science) or Pharmacy Services & NVQ level 3. With these qualifications we also require grades A and B in A level Chemistry and one other A level science subject

  • We welcome applications from students who have taken BTEC qualifications as a first option and who achieved five or more GCSEs (including Maths and English) at grade C or above. You must also meet the A-level requirements listed above.
  • We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A-levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to resit your A-levels (see our resit policy below).
  • All BTEC students will also need to successfully pass the Science practical elements of the A-level they are taking.


AAABB in Scottish Highers, including Chemistry, Biology and Maths.

AAABB in Irish Leaving Certificate including Chemistry, Biology and Maths and excluding Irish. Physics can be considered in lieu of Biology.

GCSE: At least five GCSEs at grade C or above including English at grade C and Maths at grade B.

Resit Students
  • We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer.

Please note, your full educational background is taken into account and all qualifications are considered when we make a decision on your application.

International Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University)
We also welcome international students with equivalent qualifications to apply for our programmes. For international students without equivalent qualifications, it is also possible to gain entry to this undergraduate degree programme by completing an International Foundation Programme  at Aston University, although please note the progression requirements to our programmes.
   International applicants expected to gain foundation diplomas from other providers are welcomed and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University)
For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this programme by completing a
Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements to our programmes.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.The minimum A level grades we consider for entry to Pharmacy programmes via the Foundation Programme in Science are BBC, including a B in A level Chemistry. We encourage you to apply for entry direct to the 1st year of the MPharm in the first instance.

Tuition fees 2017

  • UK/EU: £9,250  
  • International: £17,200 

More on fees

Students enrolling onto certain programmes within the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check. Also in line with national requirements for programmes leading to a health professional qualification, a number of degree programmes in the School of Life and Health Science are subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.

For more information please follow the link: DBS Checks & Fitness to Practise

Other Important Information

The below documents are policies that we ask all Pharmacy students to be aware of before they take the programme.

Student Policy for Raising Concerns

Professional Appearance Standards

Pregnancy Risk Assessment

Infection Control Policy

Visa information

Briefing note for prospective MPharm students for the academic year 2015-2016 

Visas for Pre-Registration


Our 4-year MPharm degree programme is specifically designed to meet the rapidly changing requirements for the practise of pharmacy. In designing and developing our Pharmacy degree we consult first with the patients we serve, then with major employers, other health professionals, our own students, the public and government bodies.

Ranked in the UK's top 10 in, Complete University Guide  2015, the Aston Pharmacy has excellent links with the profession. The School's research profile ensures relevant, expertise led teaching for around 170 students each year who enrol onto the Aston University MPharm programme.

  • Patient focused from Year 1
  • Innovative teaching: Optivote,virtual hospital
  • Established inter-professional learning across the campus and the region
  • Strong inter-professional learning (IPL) element of programme
  • Great peer support network for students through our Aston Pharmacy Association. 

The third year completes your study of applied pharmacology and medicinal chemistry. You will learn how drugs can be delivered to the body, and how medicines are prepared and reach the market.

The theme of the final year is pharmaceutical practice. It focuses upon the clinical use of medicines and the use of medicines for individual patients. You will also complete an extended research project.

Year 1

In the first year, you will develop the scientific knowledge which provides a basis for the pharmaceutical industry. You also start applying your knowledge to clinical situations that you might encounter in a community pharmacy.  You will study:

Year 2

The second year extends your understanding of the pharmaceutical sciences - the chemistry of different drug groups, their formulation into medicines, the pathology of major diseases and the pharmacological basis of therapeutics. You will study:

Year 3 

The third year completes your study of applied pharmacology and medicinal chemistry. You will learn how drugs can be delivered to the body, and how medicines are prepared and reach the market.  You will study:

Final Year

The theme of the final year is pharmaceutical practice. You will use and extend all the knowledge and skills you have developed in the previous years. You will develop confidence in applying your pharmaceutical knowledge to maximise individual patient benefit from treatment. You will also complete an extended research project.You will study:

We are at the forefront of clinical placement and e-learning within pharmacy. Working with a range of health care professionals across NHS trusts gives you the opportunity to develop valuable and transferable skills for modern day pharmacy practice.

Each year of the course includes structured practise-based placements in local hospitals, clinics or pharmacies. These will provide you with invaluable professional experience.

Please note that students who enter placements in the NHS may be required to pay for DBS checks and occupational health checks.

Find out more about placement and pre-registration years in the Life & Health Sciences.

The course recognises different learning styles and provides a variety of learning opportunities, including

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Interactive workshops and tutorials
  • Hospital and other clinical/practice placements
  • Group work and problem-based learning
  • Self-study courses
  • Computer-Aided Learning (CAL) e.g. clinical patient simulations.

A wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes are also employed, including

  • Examinations
  • Portofolio
  • Essays
  • Practical reports
  • Project work
  • Computer based assessment.
  • Interactive clinical examinations (OSCEs)

You will be continuously assessed throughout the four-year course – contributing to 40% of your final grade. 

Our MPharm degree is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

The GPhC is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain. They are responsible for defining the education and training requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Career prospects

Our degree programme has been specifically designed for employability in all areas of pharmacy – community, primary care trusts, hospitals and industry. Aston’s long established reputation and professional accreditation ensures that career prospects of our graduates are first-class. For example, in 2013 100% of our graduates gained graduate level employment and pre-registration pharmacist places across the UK within six months of graduation. Major employers include Boots, Lloyds, Sainsbury’s and hospital-based pharmacies. 

Personal development

Our course helps you develop the knowledge and skills needed to maximise your career prospects. Communicating with patients and fellow professionals is a crucial professional skill - you experience patient contact and engage in role-playing activities. IT skills are essential and we help you develop these in our up-to-the-minute IT teaching and learning suites and in our dispensary using specialist software packages.

Communication skills 

Understanding and communicating with patients and fellow professionals is a key skill. There are many and varied opportunities to develop your communication skills throughout the programme, from essential skills modules devoted to particular aspects of communication, to the teaching, learning and assessment methods used in all other areas of the course. Such methods include role play with video feedback, individual and group presentations during workshops and problem based learning, and seminar presentations. 

Professional and personal development 

You will be encouraged to develop your areas of strength and to identify and address areas of weakness throughout the course creating a portfolio of professional practice, which you will develop during each academic year. This will provide evidence of your professional competence, and of your ability to undertake Continuing Professional Development to the standards required of all pharmacists by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

You will develop a portfolio throughout your four years which helps you identify, plan for and record your personal and professional development.

The MPharm utilises specialist teaching and research laboratories, recently refitted to very high standards in a £3m upgrade project. In 2008 we opened a new fully computerised medicines management suite to support learning of modern pharmacy areas such as clinical care and prescribing. The Pharmacy School is located in the Main Building at Aston University with all laboratories, lecture theatres and support offices located in the same place. 

In some other Universities, Pharmacy programmes are spread across different campuses and buildings - meaning more travel time/inconvenience and less integration. At Aston University we are proud of our green, compact campus with all facilities on one site.

Pharmacy teaching laboratories
All pharmacy undergraduate teaching takes place here. Usually students are analysing drug molecules; formulating drug molecules into capsules and tablets and looking at how quickly a drug is released from a tablet or capsules.

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Dispensary suite
All pharmacy undergraduate dispensing activities are taking place here. Mainly used for dispensing drug products to patients and other patient-pharmacist simulation exercises.

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Research laboratories
Mostly used for Pharmacy undergraduate research projects for designing and developing new drug formulations

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Power handling room and tableting machine
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Pharmacy at Aston University, Birmingham, is part of the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS), which also includes Optometry, Biomedical Science, Biology and Psychology undergraduate programmes and a thriving research culture. There are over 50 teaching and research staff in Pharmacy with other LHS staff also undertaking Pharmacy/Life/Health Sciences related teaching and research.

Admissions Team

Dr Raj K. Singh Badhan - Lecturer in Pharmacokinetics

Anna Durkin - Pharmacy Practice (Teaching Fellow)

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